Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review + Giveaway: THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

Man oh man. Nothing gets you more ready for Halloween than a murder mystery type book. 

I’m usually a huge chicken when it comes to reading anything regarding horror. Watching scary movies is a bit different for me since I’m usually watching them with another person. However, I didn’t find this book to be as scary as I originally thought! 

So if you’re like me, and chicken out with anything horror related - don’t fret! You can definitely read this one (there were some parts that had me a little shaken up though!). I will say that there are some pretty gory parts and I was pleasantly surprised with it being YA! 

In the synopsis, this book is described like the movie Scream meets YA - which it definitely does. I personally found the film pretty cheesy in some parts and I feel like there were some cheesiness in this book as well and parts were almost comical and I loved that it added that humor. Just like the movie it’s compared to, this book had one murderer terrorizing a town of people and everyone is suspicious as well as quite a bit of hazing! 

I liked the characters in this book! One who really stood out to me was Makani. I loved how she was a biracial protagonist - because let’s be honest, there isn’t a lot of that in YA. I don’t want to forget to mention that there are also some LGBTQ in this book too!! 

I haven’t read a lot of horror in YA, and I’m  happy to have read this book! I’ve heard a lot about Stephanie Perkins’ books, and while i haven’t had a chance to read her others, I’ve heard great things about her writing. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work soon! 

If you’re looking for a quick YA read, with some vicious scenes, humor, as well as murder mystery - this book is for you. 

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Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.

Giveaway + Review | WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover

Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.

First. I want to applaud Colleen for her endless talent for writing about situations that tend to hit home. Books that really make you think and feel about life, are the kind of books that I love to read. This is probably why Colleen Hoover tends to be one of my all time favorite authors. There hasn't been one book that left me disappointed.

This was such a refreshing read, and seemingly different from all of Colleen's other books - (reminiscent of Hopeless).  Without Merit was not driven by romance, but driven on the emotional aspect of the characters and issues as well. 

I won't bore you with rewording the synopsis (well, because it does an amazing job already explaining the book), but this book is about one dysfunctional family who have a lot of kinks to work out. The characters in this book are all different in their own way - complicated. flawed. unconventional. Yet, these characters compliment each other so well.
This book has been added to my favorites pile (no shock there) simply because of the characters. 

 I will say that this book does deal with a lot of anxiety and depression. Though it's written about darker issues, I still considered this a lighter read out of her books. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression from a very young age, I felt that the emotions in this book were realistic and very similar to things that I have gone through as someone who suffered(s) a with mental illness.

My favorite part of this book? Well, there's two parts really. The ending for me was amazing. Well, I should say HOW it ended and how it all pieced together. Pretty sure I shed a handful of happy tears and had some really good feels too. I should also mention that there's a cameo in this book that had me rolling!! I absolutely LOVED it and I had to read it over a few times because I thought it was just brilliant!

Please go pick this book up!! You won't regret it one bit.

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

Twitter: @ColleenHoover
Instagram: @ColleenHoover

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Release Week + Excerpt & Giveaway: SAY YES by J.R. Gray

James failed. 
He tried to be what they wanted. 
He tried to deny it. 
He tried to be a good Catholic boy…but it’s become too much. 
He craves pain, submission. 
He’s denied himself far too long, and it’s eating him alive.

Charles thrives off the exchange of power. He knows the world revolves around control. It’s given and taken like currency, in business and in pleasure. He won’t get attached, though, or so he tells himself, until James turns his world upside down. He’s defiant and snarky, but Charles can taste the submission on him.
Charles holds the key to his salvation but James has to Say Yes.

Publisher: Self
Release Date: July 24
Note: Say Yes was originally published in an alternative form by Omni Lit Publishing on December 1, 2015.
Subgenre: Contemporary M/M BDSM

What are other authors saying about Say Yes? 

Author Kerry Heavens says: “Yes - to the delicious slow burn which goes head to head with an intense urgency. Yes - to James' soft vulnerability that meets its match in Charles' steely determination. Yes - to the forbidden vs the shameless. Yes - to more...I'm saying YES!”

Monday, July 3, 2017

REVIEW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for “creating complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it takes—to face the truth.

After living in LA for almost 3 years, I was super intrigued by the synopsis of this book. I always wondered what people did to get themselves to fame, and wondered about the truth behind what we read in the tabloids. 

Evelyn Hugo definitely made the life she wanted, and didn't hold back the truth as she was telling her story to Monique - the writer she hires to do her biography. Though Monique has no idea why Evelyn chose her, you'll soon find out that Evelyn has a motive for everything and she unleashes the truth as she tells her life story.

I could tell right from the start that I was going to like this book. I've only read one book by Taylor, (One True Loves - which I loved), and this story is completely different! Taylor was NOT afraid to tell it how it is, and write about topics that others are afraid to write about.  While the majority of the book is about Evelyn in the past, we also get to learn about Monique and the story behind her in the present. I loved how it was written that way, because though it pauses from Evelyn's story here and there, you still get another story you're invested in. 

Evelyn is a deviously delicious, self confident woman, who knows what she wants and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. She isn't a good person, and she owns up to that fact about herself. The things that she has done throughout her life are truly unbelievable and she has no remorse what so ever. The thing about Evelyn, is that she really does try to do things to protect the ones she loves, but she does it in her own way regardless of others feelings. There's this quote that I found towards the end that really just summed up my entire feelings about her, and I laughed because of how true it was. 
"I hate Evelyn, but I think I like her very much. I wish she had never existed, and yet I can't help but admire her a great deal." 

One of my favorite things about this book is that there are a WIDE variety of people in this book. With so many personalities, and people from different backgrounds, you are rarely bored, and the conversations within this book are great! Not forgetting to mention the angst that goes along with the forbidden love. 

For those of you who are stuck in rut this summer and are looking for a great stand alone book, this one is a MUST!! You definitely won't regret it. 

The emerald green is absolutely breathtaking. But I would like to mention that her boobs are a  "big" factor in her fame. So why does the girl on the cover have absolutely no tata's? ahaha

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you all!

Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of One True LovesMaybe in Another LifeAfter I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. Her books have been named a “Best Book of Summer” by People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, USA TODAYRedbookUs Weekly, Parade, PopSugar, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Brit+Co, Goodreads, and others.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review + Giveaway (5 copies!!!): FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

"The only power any man has over you is the power you give him."